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June 23, 2013
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A Senior Design Project in Environmentally Friendly Glass Manufacturing AbstractThis paper discusses an educational effort that incorporates environmentally consciousdesign for glass manufacturing in a senior design project at Drexel University. A criticalcomponent of a national “green industries/green jobs” effort is to motivate our citizenryto become proficient in STEM and associated manufacturing fields and trades, thusensuring we have a 21st century workforce. This senior design project engages students intheir studies on the implementation of an innovative method for improving tool designand measuring the quality of glass using statistical process control and thermal imageprocessing. Through this project, students learn how to provide a green design method forevaluating the characteristics of environmentally friendly glass manufacturing. Thisstudent senior design project was in collaboration with Bent Glass Design Inc., which is aspecialty glass company focusing in the production of custom design glass forapplications in transportation and architectural applications. There has been an increasingdemand for delivering its custom products with a polished edge in recent years. Thestudents incorporated real world experience with innovative green design for thereduction of manual operations and use of hazardous materials, as well as improving finalproduct quality. For the sake of comparisons for green design, experiments wereconducted, including surface roughness tests, thermal image analysis, and effects of watercooling. A concluding section discusses the experiences from this project.
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